4 Fraternity Members at U. of Nebraska Face Charges in Alcohol-Related Death

Four members of a fraternity at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln were arrested on felony charges on Thursday on suspicion of procuring the alcohol that resulted in an 18-year-old freshman’s death, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

The freshman, Clayton Real, was found dead in his room at the FarmHouse fraternity’s campus residence on the morning of September 5. He had attended an off-campus party held by the fraternity the night before, an assistant chief of the university police told the …


Emory U. Investigates Alleged Bias Involving Jewish Fraternity

Emory University said this week that it was investigating allegations of bias that was said to have occurred during an intramural flag-football game between members of a historically Jewish fraternity and a team of other Emory students. Some of those students accused members of the fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, of making offensive statements to their opponents, such as “go back to India.”

The incident came to light two weeks after swastikas and other graffiti were found painted on the fraternity’s house shortly after Yom Kippur.

“Incidents like this are a reminder that each of us is vulnerable to the nefarious acts of a few. Whether these acts are sexist, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, or anti-Semitic, we cannot and will not tolerate harassment of any individual or group,” Ajay Nair, Emory’s dean of campus life, said in the statement. “We share the indignation and disappointment already conveyed by many members of the university community. Such expressions of bias are offenses against both the intended victims and our entire university family.”

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Benedictine U. to End Undergraduate Program at One of Its Campuses

Benedictine University announced on Thursday that it was switching the focus of its branch campus in Springfield, Ill., to adult education and would end the undergraduate program there for students of traditional college age. The Roman Catholic institution’s main campus is in Lisle, a suburb of Chicago, and it also has a branch campus in Mesa, Ariz.

Michael Bromberg, president of the Springfield campus, said the decision stemmed from market opportunities in the adult-education sector and from th…


3 Senators Urge Education Dept. to Make Studying Abroad Safer

Three U.S. senators urged the education secretary, Arne Duncan, in a letter on Thursday to provide better safety information to college students who plan to study abroad.

The letter—signed by Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, Al Franken of Minnesota, and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, all Democrats—recommends, among other things, that the Education Department better advertise the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Links to sign up for the program should be provided in the …


West Virginia U. Expels 3 for Role in Rioting After Football Victory

West Virginia University has expelled three students for their part in destructive rioting on Saturday after the football team upset Baylor University. Law-enforcement agencies also charged 11 other students with crimes.

“We have made it clear that this university will hold students accountable for their unlawful behavior,” said the university’s president, Gordon Gee, in a written statement. “We will not allow individuals to remain enrolled who commit these crimes and damage the reputation and…


3 Questions Left Unanswered by Chapel Hill’s Academic-Fraud Report

After the latest report of academic fraud at the University of North Carolina flagship was released on Wednesday, administrators said that, disturbing as the findings were, the campus’s four-year nightmare might finally end.

“I believe we now know all that we are able to know about what happened and how it happened,” said the system’s president, Thomas W. Ross, according to an account in The Daily Tar Heel.

But the 136-page report, the result of an investigation led by a former federal prosecuto…


Band Director at U. of Oklahoma Steps Down After Student Outcry

The University of Oklahoma’s marching-band director has stepped down after members vocally criticized his leadership and asked for his dismissal, The Oklahoman reports.

Students criticized the leadership of Justin Stolarik—along with a rule prohibiting them from criticizing the program, known as the Pride—in a series of full-page advertisements published in newspapers last week. The same day the ads were published, the university’s president, David L. Boren, voided the ban on criticism.

“I care deeply about the Pride and applaud the tremendous effort of our students,” Mr. Stolarik said in a statement released by the university. “I always wanted them to have a good experience and be exposed to new ideas. I’m committed to doing everything I can to help unify the band and encourage the students’ success.”

NORMAN – The director of the University of Oklahoma’s marching band, Justin Stolarik, is stepping down as director, effective immediately. Stolarik has been the director of the Pride of Oklahoma marching band since August 2013. Students have asked for his removal.

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Oklahoma State U. Sues New Mexico State U. Over ‘Pistol Pete’ Mascot

Oklahoma State University has sued New Mexico State University for using a mascot it says is too similar to Oklahoma State’s own “Pistol Pete.” The university filed suit on Monday in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma. It calls New Mexico State’s mascot “confusingly similar” to Pistol Pete.

In a statement, New Mexico State said it is “confident that good sense will prevail and that this court action will lead to an agreement” allowing both institutions to keep their mascots.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – Powerhouse Oklahoma State University is suing New Mexico State University, claiming the Aggies have plagiarized its pistol-packing mascot. The federal lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Western Oklahoma says the NMSU’s mascot is “confusingly similar” to OSU’s Pistol Pete Marks.

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3 Key Findings in Chapel Hill’s Academic-Fraud Investigation

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday announced the findings of a long-awaited, independent investigation into academic fraud in its department of African and Afro-American studies. The comprehensive, 136-page report tells a gripping narrative full of new revelations in the prolonged scandal. The findings take aim at a number of people at Chapel Hill who have previously been implicated in the scandal but who have denied any knowledge of or role in the alleged fraud.

Here a…


Scientists Protest Restrictions on Sharing Research in Canada

More than 800 scientists in 32 countries are calling on the Canadian government to drop rules that they say restrict scientists’ freedom and hurt their ability to collaborate. In a letter drafted by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the signatories ask Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, to restore government scientists’ “freedom and funding.”

In a statement, a government spokesman said that the administration had made “record investments” in science and that, “while ministers are the primary spokespersons for government departments,” scientists “are readily available to share their research with Canadians.”

Hundreds of scientists around the world are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end “burdensome restrictions on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists.” The call was made in an open letter drafted by the Cambridge, Mass.-based Union of Concerned Scientists, a group that represents U.S.

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